Archive for July, 2011

View from the West Road

We have been taking walks up to our neighbor’s house while she is in Montana. The road runs east/west from the pavement to the east up to the neighbor’s house to the west. We were heading back to the house when I snapped this image of our cute little house and some of the desert vegetation along the way. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Clouds over the Desert


Monsoon season brings a lot of beautiful skyscapes including this nice vision of our giant saguaro cactus silhouetted against the background of cumulus clouds that will eventually gather together to pour a little rain over the desert landscape. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Monsoon Day


We drained the spa yesterday and filled it today and added the the new chemicals we ordered last week. The water is now crystal clear and we enjoyed a nice session in the spa this afternoon.

After a half hour or so, the clouds got together and a little rain started up. We heard thunder and saw one lightning flash. We decided to get out of the tub, have a couple of beers and retire to indoors. We love monsoon season. Click on the image to enlarge.

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View From the Rear of the Lot


I hiked up the hill behind our house to approximately the middle of the north property line. I took a couple of images back toward the south and composed the panoramic image using Canon’s Photo Stitch utility.

There is another half-acre lot just behind where I stood to capture this view - the property and the house on it are owned by the parents-in-law of the contractor that built our house. I was checking out just how private our spa and patio area might be as seen from their back patio. It looks like our patio and spa are relatively private, especially if we turn on the floods over the RV drive and keep the patio dark. (Skinny dipping? Naaaah!)

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Financial Game of Chicken

Problem is, they’re going to crash US and not THEM - Dow was -198 and S&P -27. They’re all idiots in Washington (with very few exceptions).


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Up Close and Personal - Saguaro Needles

up-close.jpgWe planted a couple of smaller saguaro cacti near the entrance to the RV pull-thru. These, unlike the 13-foot “big guy,” are only about four feet tall. We call them LG1 and LG2 (LG for little guy). This is a close-up I took of LG1 this morning. Click on the image to enlarge.

All three saguaro cacti were delivered and planted by David Morales, a cactus farmer in Congress AZ. Dave has been on “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel transplanting a 20 footer to a private home. He also has planted several saguaros for George Strait, the well-known country and western entertainer.

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Pride of the Courtyard

This brightly colored flower grows on three shrubs in our courtyard. The shrub, red bird of paradise, a.k.a. pride of Barbados, will produce these pretty flowers all summer long. Come November, we will prune these back to just a foot or so while they go dormant until next spring when they will bounce back with twice as many flowers.

Anyone who has read our blog for a while will know that these flowers are my favorites. Click on the image to enlarge.


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